Griffith is at the heart of the vast Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area and produces about 60% of the grapes grown in the State. Today, there are more than a dozen wineries in the district with world-famous names. Visit De Bortoli or Hanwood and stock up on local produce, such as jams, preserves or pasta sauces.
The Calabria family winery is a multi-purpose winery that has been designed to handle fruit from local family vineyards.
The original winery which houses the family cellar and 60 year old open concrete fermenters which were built by founder Francesco Calabria and his sons, are still used today for all premium red wines.
The commercial winery was constructed for efficiency and with the aim of processing premium fruit from Australia’s best growing regions.
For more information: www.calabriawines.com.au
There is a long held family tradition instilled by Vittorio and Giuseppina De Bortoli, of warm Italian hospitality that has been passed down through the generations, and which can still be experienced today at our three Cellar Doors. Our friendly, knowledgeable Cellar Door staff offer a warm welcome to all visitors ensuring a memorable visit.
For more information: www.debortoli.com.au
Set in the midst of the unique Australian landscape is the McWilliam's Hanwood Estate Winery. Established in 1917, the winery stands today as a pillar of winemaking excellence dedicated to creating the very best wines.
The friendly staff will ensure you will have a truly memorable wine tasting experience and guide you through a selection of their award-winning wines.
The Hanwood Estate Cellar Door offers ample space for a nice picnic under the great Moreton Bay Fig tree and offers RV friendly parking.
For more information: www.mcwilliamswines.com.au
Set in 11 hectares of natural bushland, the Pioneer Park Museum features 40 historic buildings and hundreds of historical items from the early pioneering days in the area. The museum highlights the influence Italians had on the area. You will find original buildings, machinery, vehicles, antiques and even Churches amongst the collections.
The recently added Wine Building aims to educate visitors on their proud winemaking history and offers a glimpse into the rich history of wine grape growing in Griffith.
The Italian Museum houses an incredible collection of artefacts from the earliest Italian settlers, from machinery to kitchenware and beautiful handmade garments.
The Park is also now the permanent home of the Knitted Garden, a wonderful display of lifelike knitted and crochet delights!
When you visit Pioneer Park, you are taken back through time and will discover the true history of this vibrant city.
Barbecue and picnic facilities are available.
For more information: www.griffith.nsw.gov.au.
Hermits Cave is situated to the left and down a path below the former Sir Dudley de Chair's Lookout - now named the Hermits Cave Lookout.
The cave was once the home of Valerio Riccetti, a miner from Broken Hill. After being jilted, he left Broken Hill and lived the life of a hermit in his cave on Scenic Hill.
During World War II, he was interned and after his release he returned to the cave. He became very ill and sought refuge from one of the local doctors. In return for treatment he tended the doctor's garden.
The hermit again became very ill and the citizens of Griffith collected money and sent him back to his home country in Italy where three months later he died.
Call into the Griffith Visitors Information Centre for a copy of the Hermit's story and Heritage Trail brochure.
For more information: www.visitgriffith.com.au
The Griffith Regional Art Gallery is part of the refurbished, Griffith Soldiers Memorial Hall Complex, which was built in the 1930s in the art deco style to the design of a local architect Mr AB Long.
One of Australia's leading regional cultural institutions, holding significant collections of Australian art. The gallery also presents around twelve exhibitions annually ranging from touring exhibitions, acquisitions and works by our very own local artists.
The major collection is Australian Contemporary Jewellery from 1960; also the Griffith Collection featuring regional artists and artists who have exhibited in the gallery.
For more information: www.griffith.nsw.gov.au
When visiting Griffith, Catania Farm is a must. See how wonderful life is in this irrigation area.
Catania is a family owned farm where you can view and gain an understanding of how a wide variety of horticulture and viticulture crops are grown in Australia's largest irrigation area, the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area.
Your journey begins with a look around the original mud brick home built in 1912, and a bus ride around the farm.
The farm produces a variety of fruits and nuts which are sampled on tour. Enjoy jams, mustards, prunes, pickles and traditional Sicilian preservative free wine in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
For more information: www.cataniafruitsaladfarm.com.au
Once inside Cocoparra National Park, the huge sky of the outback is painted with the distinctive Cocoparra Range. This dramatic and rugged place is a haven for bushwalkers, birdwatchers and nature-lovers, with a landscape that's vividly alive and always changing. Visit after rain to see the waterfalls and creeks in full flow and come in spring to see the ... Visit website for more info
For more information: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au